The Transfiguration of Our Lord

Mark 9: 2-10
Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 / Ps 97 / 2Pt 1:16-19

This is My beloved Son. Listen to Him!
(Mark 9:7)

Lord, let me hear Your words sublime,
Ponder them in Your sacred place;
In Your presence bide for a time,
And be empowered by Your grace.

Six days later, Jesus took with Him Peter, James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; His clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is My beloved Son. Listen to Him!” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them, but only Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, He ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean. (Mark 9: 2-10)

Reflection

In today’s Gospel of Mark, we read again the story of how Jesus was transformed into His heavenly appearance as witnessed by His three closest apostles. But more than the assurance of His divine nature, this spectacular revelation, which is narrated in all three synoptic Gospels, shows how God emphatically commands that we should listen to His Son if we are to learn from Him and begin to share in His divine love.

We only turn to God when we feel that we have no other recourse for our concerns but His intervention. But we are so weighed down by the magnitude of our problems that we fail to listen and see the message that God is telling us in our predicament. How much do we listen when we are praying to God? Too often we are like Peter, when we question God for a difficulty or loss that we cannot accept or understand. If we only listen with our heart and mind, God will give us a glimpse of His glory, the light that will dispel the darkness of doubts, and reveal the pettiness of our concerns. It is not just seeing wonderful sights or experiencing miracles in our life that will strengthen our faith; of more importance is listening to the Word of God and understanding His message through the words and works of His Beloved Son.

We all need to spend quiet moments of meditation with our heavenly Father, praying to the Holy Spirit for His inspiration and guidance for our spiritual development. We need to listen more in our prayer time and read His Word, the Holy Bible. No problem is insurmountable when we believe that His Word will see us through. As the Book of Wisdom assures us: Those who trust in God shall understand truth, and shall abide with Him in love: because grace and mercy are with His holy ones, and His care is with His elect (Wis.3:9). We must have complete trust in His help, whatever the circumstances. The Lord is my refuge; the Most High is my stronghold. No evil shall befall me, no affliction come near my tent. (He assures me), whoever clings to Me I will deliver; whoever knows My Name I will set on high. I will satisfy them and show them My saving power (Ps.91:9-16).

Father God, grant that I may hear Your voice in quiet moments with You, reassuring me of Your love, so that nothing will be impossible for me to do for Your glory. Your thoughts are not our thoughts, Lord, so please remind us to always listen. Amen.

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